The obituaries of 3,172 physicians were published in The Journal during 1944. The American Medical Directory Report Service recorded 3,415 deaths of physicians in the United States and possessions, or 243 more deaths than obituaries published in The Journal.
Estimation of the net increase to the profession is difficult because of the varying times of graduation in medical schools through the accelerated program introduced in 1942. However, the graduates from July 1, 1943 to the end of 1944 approximated more than 10,000, suggesting a substantial increase to the profession. The majority of this group will enter military service.
The average age at death was 65.3 in 1944 as compared with 65.2 in 1943 for 3,156 deaths published in The Journal. Fifty-five physicians died between the ages of 25 and 29, 98 between 30 and 34, 73 between 35 and 39, 78 between 40 and 44, 119 between 45 and